On Saturday 23rd April an intrepid group, which included PMW's MD Pete and Digital Director Graham, took on the National Three Peaks Challenge.
Climbing the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales alongside Pete and Graham were Pete's sons Luke and Christopher and their friend Tommi, as well as outdoor adventure expert Richard Betts from Pied A Terre Adventures. Tracie Carter – PMW's Operations Director – and their pal Gary Bishop were the support crew who took on the important tasks of feeding and transporting the climbers between the peaks.
Bright and early on Friday morning the team set off from PMW HQ in high spirits, with their eyes on the prize. First up was Ben Nevis in Scotland – at 1,344m the tallest of the trio. Starting their challenge on Saturday afternoon with enthusiasm and tenacity in spades, the team made it to the snowy summit ahead of schedule. Having safely descended and returned to their cosy motorhome the lads tucked into a hearty meal before being driven to Scafell Pike in the Lake District National Park.
At 978m Scafell Pike is the smallest of the peaks but was still a challenging one – psychologically the team knew that they still had the formidable Snowdon in Wales (1,085m) left to climb, plus there was heavy snow and a vicious wind chill factor to contend with.
They battled on and, despite sore joints, nausea, cramps and gruelling wintry conditions, the tough team took on the final peak – Snowdon. Early on Sunday evening the guys reached the summit and were thrilled to have smashed the challenge.
"I can honestly say that the Three Peaks Challenge was the most exciting, challenging and rewarding thing I have ever been involved with in my life. My goodness it was brutal – with the weather conditions making it -15 at the top of Ben Nevis. We didn't really get much sleep before we arrived at Scafell Pike and so getting out into the darkness and donning our head torches was intimidating to say the least!
"From the beginning we called ourselves 'Team Retribution' as this was my demon – having taken on the challenge 5 years ago and not succeeded – but in a way that just spurred me on even more, I wouldn't be beaten again. Throughout the weekend we stood shoulder to should with our team mates and we did it, every one of us, and I'm so proud!"
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